During her Wednesday coverage of the Supreme Court's June 15 ruling protecting LGBTQ workers from discrimination, Fox News anchor Shannon Bream -- part of the network’s purported “news”- side and its chief legal correspondent -- used right-wing framing and exclusively quoted anti-LGBTQ advocates who fearmongered about its supposed “far-reaching consequences," such as “an end to female-only sports.”
The segment was Bream’s most substantive report on the topic, and the network as a whole barely covered the historic decision on the day it was released. Bream previously covered it during two daytime reports, in which she quoted heavily from the court’s dissenting opinion, and during a short news update on her Fox evening news show on June 15. Bream has a cozy relationship with extreme anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented a client in one of the cases in the court’s combined ruling. She has also previously misgendered Aimee Stephens, a trans woman and the plaintiff in that case, and frequently misgenders other transgender people.
During the June 17 segment on Fox News @ Night, Bream framed the court’s decision solely around right-wing concerns and failed to provide any context from the court’s majority decision, a 6-3 ruling authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. Introducing the segment, she quoted anti-LGBTQ activists Robert George and Ed Whelan, citing comments they made that asserted the decision -- about whether employers could fire someone for being LGBTQ -- would lead to the “destruction of all-women's sports.” Bream also shared a tweet from Daily Wire founder and anti-LGBTQ bigot Ben Shapiro as she asked her guest, Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino, whether the decision “is that bad for the right?”
Responding to Bream, Severino similarly questioned whether women’s sports will exist “in 20 years” and pushed the debunked myth that trans women pose a threat to other women’s safety in locker rooms. The segment did include a guest who was supportive of the decision, Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra; Bream questioned her about whether the decision was “judicial activism” and highlighted Justice Samuel Alito’s dissenting opinion calling the court’s decision “legislation.”